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Google Directory a clone or not

stefan

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Jul 5, 2006
Somebody tell me that the google directory is a perfect clone of dmoz.
Is it true?

Are there, in google directory, sites that are not listed in dmoz?

Every site that is listed in dmoz it will in google ? (after directory update)

I am asking that because of :
The content of the Google directory is based on the Open Directory and is enhanced using Google's own technology.
The following Open Directory editors contributed to this category:
sovidiu arahne krumel danielt

Modified by Google - ©2006 Google
 

nea

Meta & kMeta
Curlie Meta
Joined
Mar 28, 2003
Google directory is not a "perfect" clone, that is, it is usually an older and less updated version of dmoz.org. Dmoz.org changes every day: new sites are listed, broken URLs are removed or changed, descriptions are updated. Google directory only updates from time to time; when they have just updated, the two directories should be very similar. The sort order in the categories is not the same; in dmoz.org it is alphabetical and in Google it is... some other order, don't ask me what it's based on because I don't know.
 

stefan

Member
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Jul 5, 2006
So, all the links from Google Directory are only from Dmoz and Google do not use another source for links ?
 

windharp

Meta/kMeta
Curlie Meta
Joined
Apr 30, 2002
As far as I know: No (Talking about the Google directory here of course, not the Google search). Any more detailed answer would have to come from Google, not from us.
 

bobrat

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Apr 15, 2003
I have always assumed (but have no proof) that when Google makes a copy it's a one for one snapshot of the entries at the time it makes the copy, but that only refers to the list of websites.

You should note that it does not display or use that information in exactly the same way as the DMOZ directory. For example it does not identify "Cool Sites" - which in DMOZ would be listed at the start of the sites within a category. It display sites in it's own "order of importance" Page Rank, as opposed to DMOZ, which (with the exception of Cool Sites) displays sites in title order. (Google has the option to display in apha order but it's not exactly the same, for example it does not ignore "The" in a title)

Dated sites (which are generally news items) appears in DMOZ at the bottom of the category in reverse date order. In Google they get mixed in with the rest, and the date does not display.

As far as categories, it displays sub-categories as one group, whereas DMOZ may subdivide sub-categories into as many as three logical groups. It does not display the corresponding categories in other languages, or usenet groups.

I'm sure there are other differences.
 

informator

kEditall/kCatmv
Curlie Meta
Joined
Aug 19, 2003
Location
Ukraine
Google´s own information about their directory and ODP. Seems like they get all their directory-content from dmoz... :2cents:

http://www.google.com/dirhelp.html#about :
About Google's Web Directory

The Google Web Directory integrates Google's sophisticated search technology with Open Directory pages to create the most useful tool for finding information on the web. Key improvements include the following:
http://www.google.com/dirhelp.html#submit :
How can I submit a web page to the Google Directory?

The web pages in the Google directory have been selected by thousands of volunteer editors from the Netscape Open Directory Project. If you would like to submit a web page to be included in future versions of the directory, you may submit the web page directly to the Open Directory by following the instructions here.
 

demersk

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Sep 16, 2006
I actually just recently ran into the DMOZ from using the directory in Google. I didn't realize that G was using another source for their directory. DMOZ looks very intriguing... Intriguing enough for me to apply to become an editor. I LOVE attention to detail and organization. However, after reading through these forums it doesn't look like I'll have much luck becoming an editor. : ) Oh well...
 

gboisseau

Member
Joined
May 6, 2004
Don't be detracted by the posters here. Some are SEOs that only want to become an editor to list their own site and delete thier competition. We have new editors added every day and if you are detail oriented and would love to build this directory, then there may be a place for you. Read the info carefully and apply today! :)
 

Malatya

Member
Joined
Jun 11, 2007
I know that they are the same thing and google supports dmoz.This is a very big project, thanks all editors.But like gboisseau write, this is a big power.So editors must obey all rules.
 
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